HOPE project is promoting its model of radicalisation prevention and the initiative’s European expert network next to high-level stakeholders.
Cooperation is a key concept in successfully addressing the radicalisation and violent extremism threat. A holistic approach to the problem involves cooperation between all institutional and community agents working with those at risk of radicalisation or who have already been radicalised.
Knowledge sharing and the wide-ranging implementation of standardised and evidence-based strategies also allow for a solid and enhanced progression towards better results in radicalisation prevention.
While the Balkan, Southern, and Eastern European countries are the geographical focus of the HOPE project for their particular exposure to these threats, extremism is a global problem. It can sprout from any radical ideology or belief and take many forms.
That’s why recently, the HOPE project – Holistic Radicalisation Prevention Initiative was invited to take the stage to present its goals and ongoing work at two major international events.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organised a forum in Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan) focusing on “The Role of Civil Society Organizations in rehabilitation and social reintegration of violent extremist prisoners”.
This high-level event sought to share international best practices and provide a better understanding of the ‘Multi-Agency Cooperation Approach’ to P/CVE in prison contexts.
In the audience were representatives of relevant government agencies, training institutions, academia, and civil society organisations. Among the speakers were international experts from Belgium, Germany, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, and the UK.
HOPE’s representative, and project coordinator, Pedro Liberado, took on this challenge and presented the project’s approach. He highlighted that the European initiative is committed to enhancing cooperation between governmental bodies and civil society organisations to ensure the prison-exit continuum and successful rehabilitation of violent extremist prisoners (VEPs).
Also in May, the HOPE project had the opportunity to discuss the current state-of-play of P/CVE initiatives in the Western Balkans at a Council of Europe’s (CoE) Regional Conference in Budva, Montenegro.
Represented by Pedro Liberado, the initiative was introduced to over fifty participants, including experts and researchers, Council of Europe representatives, and prominent practitioners from prison and probation settings of the Western Balkans.
Other important themes with a focus on the Western Balkans reality were on the table at this event. The discussion broached the topics of practitioners’ training needs, Foreign Terrorist Fighters and their families, challenges in the identification of radicalisation, and risk and needs assessment, among others.
HOPE will continue seeking to engage relevant stakeholders in preventing and countering violent extremism through a holistic lens. This European initiative is developing a network for continuous training and knowledge sharing in the Balkan, Southern, and Eastern European countries. The goal is to increase the knowledge base and cooperation between stakeholders to develop and implement successful P/CVE practices.
One way to get involved is by joining HOPE’s Radicalisation Network. In this online hub, members can stay abreast of all project initiatives, access hundreds of relevant resources, and network with dozens of P/CVE experts from over 40 organisations worldwide.